1 Stay: Sweet New Suites
North | Nisswa, Minnesota This summer, Grand View Lodge opened North, a boutique hotel at its Brainerd Lakes resort. Your stay includes access to a new rec facility with outdoor hot tubs for year-round soaking. From $199.
Mission Point | Mackinac Island, Michigan Mission Point resort renovated 133 rooms in Straits Lodge on Michigan’s favorite car-free island. Other property upgrades: a meditation station and a waterfront yoga pad on the Great Lawn. From $164.
Gervasi Vineyard | Canton, Ohio Wine, dine and sleep in without leaving this sprawling winery-estate. Each suite in The Casa hotel, open since May, features a patio with a view of the courtyard, lake and gardens. From $299.
Wrought iron, Italian tile and stucco give Tuscan flair to Gervasi. The 55-acre property includes The Still House distillery and cocktail bar. Photo: Nate Luke Photography.
Offshore | Chicago The world’s largest rooftop deck has landed—on top of a Chicago landmark. Three stories up on Navy Pier, Offshore made it Guinness World Records-official this summer. In June, the bar opened 20,000 square feet of terrace (and more than double that when you add the year-round, glassed-in space). Sip seasonal cocktails and snack on globally inspired eats against the backdrop of the sparkling skyline and azure Lake Michigan. As the weather cools, seven firepits will keep things cozy well into fall.
Offshore. Photo by Barry Brecheisen.
Mushroom Rally | Across the Region Expect unabashed Nintendo fandom (and maybe a couple of banana peels) at Mushroom Rally. Competitors dress up as Princess Peach, Bowser and other Mario Kart heroes and hop into real go-karts for organized races. Winners from city events across the country win tickets to Las Vegas for the championship showdown. Test your metal (or cheer on a driver and soak up the ’90s fun) in Cleveland on September 14 or St. Louis on October 12.
Taste of Taliesin | Spring Green, Wisconsin Local ingredients and chefs will star at the first Taste of Taliesin, held September 29 at Frank Lloyd Wright’s vast estate (a newly named UNESCO World Heritage Site!). Miss out on tickets? Eat lunch at Taliesin's Riverview Terrace Cafe, where legendary Wisconsin chef Odessa Piper helped launch the innovative Food Artisan Immersion Program.
Photo Courtesy of Taliesin Preservation.
Deadwood: The Movie | Deadwood, South Dakota Thirteen years after Deadwood ended its three-season run, Calamity Jane and her shady company are back on HBO for a film finale. The real town of Deadwood is leaning into the buzz with gunfight reenactments and Outlaw Square opening this fall.
He’s back: Timothy Olyphant reprises his role as lawman Seth Bullock in Deadwood: The Movie, a fictional take on South Dakota’s early statehood. Photo Courtesy of Warrick Page/HBO.